The Runner On Air: Sushi Rolls, Sports, and Student Life

The Runner on Air is a podcast produced by The Runner of California State University, Bakersfield. Every week we provide our audience with the latest in news, sports and events on campus and around the community.


On this week’s episode of The Runner On Air:

The Runner Café got an upgrade. Bento Sushi opens replacing what used to be the sandwich bar. The Café also added an executive chef named Angie Gargano, who will lead the team at the cafe.

On January 14 of 2020, Vernon B. Harper Jr., interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced via email that Dr. Alecia Rodriguez accepted the appointment as a faculty director for interdisciplinary studies. An alumni of CSUB, she received her masters and Ph.D in history at UC Santa Barbara. While working at CSUB, Dr. Rodriguez has served on committees such as the Teacher Education Advisory committee, Academic Support and Student Services committee, and what was the Committee on Academic Standards and Requirements. She also served as the chair of the Arts and Humanities Curriculum Committee, co-chair of the Latinx Faculty and Staff Association, and served as coordinator for the social science program.

You heard right, less parking. The dirt lot behind the greenhouses on the east side of campus that had been used as makeshift parking have been turned into slightly more official parking lots. According to the email sent by Public Safety on Dec. 17, 2019, fencing was added, and an entire row of parking was removed, citing safety concerns for drivers and bikers on Kroll Way as the reason for the construction. Yes, permits are still required.

Faust Gorham, chief information officer for information technology services at CSUB, sent an email on January 8, 2020 about hackers targeting CSUB students for their financial aid. Faust said in the email, if you believe you are a victim of a hacking attempt, contact the CSUB helpdesk at [email protected] or call 661-645-4357.


Let’s start with men’s basketball. At the end of last semester, the men’s basketball team had two games: one versus Montana State, and one against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, both of which they won. The men’s basketball team played Texas Tech on Jan. 29 taking an L with the score of 58 Runners, 73 Texas Tech. The year began with a win against Grand Canyon, but the Runners couldn’t keep the love going the following week against California Baptist, ending with a score of 75 to 83. Last week, the basketball team played against Kansas City, taking a win with a score of 76 Runners, 60 Kansas City. This week, the Runners have already bagged a win against Chicago State, leaving two more games to play this week; the first against Utah Valley and the second against Seattle University.

The women’s basketball team didn’t have such a great start to the season with two losses, one against Oregon State and the other to UC Riverside. In the third game that week they brought in a win against Grand Canyon, and then another one the following week against California Baptist. They started a bit of a winning streak after they beat Kansas City, but lost the streak against Chicago State on Saturday the 18. This week, the women’s basketball team will play against Utah Valley and Seattle University.

We don’t really have any news for baseball or softball yet, but an alumni game will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1 if you’re interested.

On to swimming and diving. The women’s swimming and diving team began the year with a win against Loyola Marymount and a loss against UC San Diego. The following week, the team won against UC Santa Cruz, and took another win the week after against Fresno Pacific. The men’s swimming and diving team also took a loss against UC San Diego, but turned it around the following week against UC Santa Cruz. Last weekend, the men’s swimming and diving team won against Fresno Pacific. Both the women’s and the men’s swimming and diving team will be taking a break from competition in preparation for the WAC tournament, which will be held in Houston, TX February 26 through the 29.

On to track and field. This week, the team will be competing at the University of New Mexico in the MLK Collegiate Invitational this Friday and Saturday. As for wrestling, this Sunday the 19, the wrestling team went up against Duke and left with a win. This week the wrestling team will be traveling to Wyoming for a match with the intentions of bringing in another win.

  The first monthly Food Distribution of the spring semester just passed on Tuesday, Jan 21, but is held every month. This is for anyone in the community, on and off campus. There is a pop-up produce pantry happening the first day of classes, the next one is on Monday, Jan. 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is also open to anyone in the community. Every Monday stop by the pantry outside the Student Union to get fresh produce. Yesterday ASI held a Welcome Back Taco Tuesday! On the Student Union Patio where students received free tacos for the first day of classes. On Tuesday, sorority recruitment began. This event runs every day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Feb. 1 at The Runner Cafe quad.
  On to club meetings. The Criminal Justice Club meets every Monday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Every Tuesday the Sociology Club meets from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Club Gen meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The LGBTQ+ Network Club meets from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. All these meetings are held in the Student Union Blue Room, number 137.
  On Wednesday Jan. 22, there will be a Rowdy Q&A in the Student Union Multipurpose Room 125 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Food will also be provided. Every Wednesday, CSUB Campus Programming hosts the “We Poppin’ Wednesday,” where free popcorn is available all day in the Student Union lobby. So go get your free popcorn y’all. Also, today is Runner Hour outside the Student Union from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be music, games, and activities for students. Thursday, there will be free hot cocoa, coffee, donuts, and pie in the Student Union lobby in honor of National Pie Day from 9 a.m to 11 a.m. That night, there will be a FASFA, Dream Act, and Scholarship workshop held in the library from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, there will be goodie carts going around campus all day handing out free snacks and Scantrons, so take advantage of that.
  If there are students who want to have their opinion heard or help make decisions on campus, there is an ASI Board Meeting from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday Jan. 24. This will be held in library room 121, and is a great place to hear what ASI is planning to do on campus and hear their ideas. There is a CSU Employee’s Union Chapter 310 meeting from 12 p.m.  to 1 p.m. in the Albertson’s Room on Tuesday Jan. 28. Also, there are transfer study sessions every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Student Union, where snacks and study space will be available. An important event to check out next Wednesday on the nineteenth is the Spring 2020 Club Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Runner Cafe quad, on the east side of Dorothy Donahoe Hall. It will be a great place to see all the clubs and organizations that are on CSUB campus, and a great opportunity to get involved on campus.






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